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DAVID JOHNSTON,Green Advantage President

David Johnston, founder and President of What’s Working, Inc. is one of the pioneers of the sustainability movement in the US. For the last 30 years he has been working to transform the building industry to become greener and more sustainable. Recently, David received the SAM Sustainability Pioneer Award, which is considered the Nobel prize in the sustainability world and acknowledges personal excellence in implementing the principles of sustainability in the corporate sector.

He sees the world as a whole system and develops strategies that deal with global climate change, resource conservation and energy efficiency. His vision of sustainability and publications are transforming how people think about home building and remodeling. To that end he has trained 1000s of building professionals over the past 17 years.

Johnston’s current book, Green from the Ground Up is an Amazon best seller and a Nautilus Book Awards 2009 Silver Winner, that guides builders into the complex world of green construction. His past book, Green Remodeling: Changing the World One Room at a Time, is a Nautilus Award winner and has been hailed as the definitive guide to green remodeling techniques. His first book, Building Green in a Black and White World, was published by the National Association of Home Builders Press. He is currently writing a new book on Zero Energy Homes for Taunton Press, due out in Spring 2010.

Johnston is also the founding designer and consultant to the California Build It Green program that stimulated market transformation programs in California and is at work to implement similar programs nationwide. In the mid-'90s he co-developed the Denver Metro Home Builders Association’s Built Green Program (the first private sector green building program) and the Boulder Green Points Program (the first green building code in the US). He was part of the development team for the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) that has transformed the market for green commercial buildings in the US and also a co-director of the original LEED for homes development process in 2000, another national market transformation program.

He has received numerous awards for his work, including the prestigious “Corporate Excellence Award for Sustainable Development” from the University of Colorado, and the “Environmental Hero for 2004” title by Interiors and Sources Magazine. Johnston was also named “Builder of the Year” by the Washington, D.C. chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry and has been inducted into the Remodeling Magazine Hall of Fame. See the complete list of awards on

David Johnston's complete resume (Rich Text Format)

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